The answer is no, but alcohol tricks your brain into making unhealthy decisions. Time to arm yourself with know-how to drink smarter. Anyway, a long term study with over 19,000 women reveals that drinkers tend to be less obese than non-drinkers as they age.
We digest wine in different way compared to food
Though that wine has little to no carbs and zero fat, it still has calories! The interesting thing about calories in wine is that we digest them differently than food.
Why does drinking make you feel hungry?
Wine doesn’t make you fat, but eating pizza when you’re drunk does. Why do we end up eating a whole cheese pizza after a night of drinking? The effect of alcohol on the brain causes a skew in how we regulate calorie intake for two reasons:
– BLOOD SUGAR DROP: Drinking dry wine causes your blood sugar to decline. This is because your body works on metabolizing the alcohol calories first before food calories. The result is that your brain sees this information a little blindly and responds with ‘uh oh, we need more blood sugar. Go eat something!’.
– No one has ever drunkenly craved a salad– and there’s a reason. A study conducted by Purdue University found that moderate consumption of alcohol enhances the taste of salt and fat, which is why bacon and scrambled eggs the next morning are so extremely satisfying. Dr. Edward Miller, Wine & Health.
– TRICKS YOUR ‘PRIMITIVE’ BRAIN: Alcohol causes a temporary effect on the part of your brain that causes you to feel hungry, aroused and needs to pee at the same time. These activities are controlled in your hypothalamus (high-po-thall-lam-us) which is an early part of the human brain located above the brain stem. It manages everything from sex drive and body temperature to appetite.
“There seems to be a cycle of positive feedback,” Princeton researcher Bartley Hoebel said in a 2004 statement. Dr. Edward Miller, Wine & Health.
How to stay healthy and drink wine.
Eat protein before you drink.
Have some quality protein before you drink. Long sustaining energy calories will help curb your craving while you drink.
Avoid the drunk diet.
If you do get drunk, it seems reasonable to assume that food (e.g. cheesy bread, pizza and apple pie) could help absorb the alcohol in your system. Be a friend to your liver and stay up on your fluids by drinking lots of water.
Stick to moderate drinking.
A bottle of wine is not a single serving. It’s important to understand your limits. You should stick to just one drink and only two if you’re over that weight if you’re 140 pounds or under.